Diana Hendry

New York blackout, 1977 (Photo: Getty)

Is City on Fire just a box set masquerading as a novel?

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Ninety pages into the juggernaut that is City on Fire, I begin to think that this is really a box…

My First Love

30 August 2014 9:00 am

I made the mistake of getting in touch with him twenty years after – invited him to stay. He was…


The Shock of the Fall is a worthy Costa Book of the Year

15 February 2014 9:00 am

About 30 pages in and unable to find my bearings, I flipped to the end of this novel — well,…

A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki — review

30 March 2013 9:00 am

About halfway through A Tale for the Time Being I had the uncomfortable feeling that this was going to be…

Memory games

24 March 2012 12:00 pm

I read this novel while convalescing from pneumonia. It proved admirably fit for purpose. A light diet, mildly entertaining and…


The French connection

7 August 2010 12:00 am

If ever there was a novel to which that old adage about not judging a book by its cover could be applied, it’s this one.


The loss of innocents

16 June 2010 12:00 am

Here are two novels about that most harrowing and haunting of subjects — children who go missing.

Boys will be boys

1 April 2008 12:00 am

Diana Hendry reviews Andrew Crumey's new novel

Laughter in the howling wilderness

18 March 2006 12:00 am

Hot on the heels of The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood’s retelling of the story of Penelope and Odysseus, comes The Tent,…

All gas and gaiters

28 January 2006 12:00 am

It’s irrelevant, I know, but I can’t help wondering what it was like living with D. J. Taylor while he…

Growing up through grief

29 October 2005 12:00 am

I’d like to defend Joyce Carol Oates —she’s had so many rotten reviews of this, her latest novel. Reviewers, I…

A refusal to mourn

11 September 2004 12:00 am

‘Every true writer becomes a writer because of a profound trauma experienced in youth or childhood,’ wrote Amos Oz in…

A concern with appearances

3 July 2004 12:00 am

I was bemused by this novel — a first from Katherine Bucknell, better known as an editor of Isherwood’s diaries…

A voice worth listening to

8 May 2004 12:00 am

I could tell you about Graham the man, the hard-drinking, wild and wayward Scots poet who spent most of his…

Two very different islands

3 January 2004 12:00 am

Reviewing this novel in 1946, when it was first published, Rosamond Lehmann described it as ‘a work of great originality…

His own worst enemy

15 March 2003 12:00 am

My partner wanted to leave the dustwrapper of this book at home. He denied my suggestion that he didn’t want…